Act Three was completed in January 2018. During this final phase of renovations we created a new, 150 seat, basement venue which operates independently of the main theatre. We also improved the balcony for audiences by creating new bar and toilets facilities. There is a new cut through into the balcony, giving audiences easier access to the balcony and a better experience when watching the show with larger, more comfortable seat and more legroom.
Backstage there are improvements to our dressing rooms, bringing them up to modern day standards with shower facilities and heating. We have re-instated the backstage lift to make all dressing rooms fully accessible. We have renovated and upgraded the stage area by installing new communication systems and fly-bars to increase the size and range of shows the theatre can present. The original revolve stage which is one of the largest outside of London was restored.
The contractors for this phase of the refurbishment are John Turner Construction Group.
Established in 1907 they have built some of the most prominent buildings in the North West and have maintained many basic construction principles in areas such as in-house skills and training as well as bespoke manufactured joinery.
The company of today has its headquarters in modern purpose built premises in Preston with other offices in Liverpool and Manchester. John Turner Construction Group continues to be a regional business firmly rooted in the North West.
With divisions covering Construction, Maintenance, Joinery Manufacturing and Electrical Services, the company has acquired a wealth of experience and a proven track record within the construction industry.
They recently completed projects at Edge Hill University and Aintree University Hospital and we are delighted to have them working on this phase with us.
This section of the project will cost £3m and has been funded by donations from a number of sources, including individuals who bought tickets for shows at the theatre. The largest grant was from Arts Council England’s Large Capital Grants Funding Programme who committed £2m to the project. Other major contributors include Liverpool City Council, The Garfield Weston Foundation and Liverpool John Moores University.